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If Bowser’s Ethics Bill Were Law Today

Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has dropped her omnibus ethics bill, the next big step in the council's effort to reform its naughty ways.

As expected, the attention-grabbing ideas — like term limits, restrictions on outside employment for councilmembers, and limits on campaign bundling—aren't in the bill. But there are plenty of good ideas that would have an impact on the current state of affairs.

For instance, if Bowser's bill were law today, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. would not have the possibility to raise money from unnamed donors to pay off his $300,000 settlement with the city. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown would not be able to pay his brother $4,000 from his transition fund without reporting it, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wouldn't be able to use his constituent service fund to buy season tickets for the Nats.

The full proposal:

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  • @SamuelMoore

    Can HTJ raise the funds to pay that back? Or just his legal defense?

  • Drez

    Baby steps. But seemingly in the right direction, at least.

  • Truth Hurts

    Haven't read the full text yet, but if it doesn't prohibit council members from accepting money from registered lobbyists and city contractors, then it doesn't pass muster in my view.

  • NE John

    Fuck HTJ. Jail that muther fukkker

  • noodlez

    IT SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE THAT THEY MUST REPORT WHERE AND FROM WHO THEY RECEIVE EVERY DOLLAR FROM.

  • green hornet

    MAYOR GRAY SHOULD ASK FOR HTJ RESIGNATION. SO SHOULD THE REST OF THE COUNCIL. IT IS TIME. OTHERWISE THEY WILL LOOSE WHATEVER CREDIBILITY THEY HAVE LEFT.

  • michaeliceman

    A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. I think this is a decent start. And it will smoke out those CM's who are not serious about ethics reform.

  • RealDC

    Bowser's bill was a waste of time, again!

    DC's biggest lobbyist is on her reelection team. Yes, the Finance Chairman for Bowser 2012 is a paid lobbyist. (See Jeffrey Anderson's article in the Washington Times) Ethical? Really? Is this leadership?
    Also, her finance chair is under investigation by DCRA for operating a parking lot without a license.... but Bowser is the chair for government operations that oversees DCRA. Mean while, the lobbyist is hosting fund raisers for Bowser. Ethical? Really?

    Wake up Ward 4!

  • Ward4

    @RealDC... Interesting, so she is hypocritical in her ethics reform effort? Wow.

    Ethics start at home council member. Clean up your own house first.

  • SEis4ME

    Alan, technically, unless Bowser's bill was backdated, I'm not sure how the current ethics scandals would have been prevented.

    We're talking about things that happened a couple of years ago - not within this year.

  • skinsfan83

    Funny because Orange proposed term limits and ban of outside employment. Everyone called him a bully and trying to steal the attention from Bowser.....

    BUT BOWSERS BILL did not include ANY of the suggestions Orange made and now the bill is WEAK....

  • SEis4ME

    @skins fan, first of all, my condolences. lol

    But yeah, the irony is the attack on Orange is unmistakenable.

  • skinsfan83

    @SEis4ME ahahaha yes I think Graham Gano should be banned from DC as well as DeANGELO "please cut me because I SUCK" Hall

    But also Orange pointed out that the Ethics bill would be weak unless they included the issues he brought to the table. They voted it down, didnt add it to the Bill and look at where we are now smh

  • Southeast Ken

    I agree with NE John, jail Harry Thomas Jr.

  • Southeast Ken

    RealDC, Government Operations doesn't oversee DCRA. Pigs Feet Alexander is now the Chair of the Committee that oversees DCRA. Ward 4 Councilwoman Bowser use to be Chair of the Committee, until full load Kwame Brown reasigned Council Committee Chairs last summer.

  • RealDC

    @SE KEN- You are right, DCRA is under Alexander. Now, we might get an real investigation. Maybe?

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